Do Gamers Think Call of Duty Has The Best Online Community?
Late last week, MMGN writers Heller and Tano put forth their opinions on Call of Duty's online community.
The response from MMGN members seems to be fairly one-sided, with many siding with Heller's opinion that, No, Call of Duty doesn't have the best online community, contrary to comments suggesting it did.
KyleKatarn jousted: "Twelve-year-olds who don't know any better is hardly a community.
But hey -- I'm 25!
DonnieK looks at the community a little differently.
"For me I have no issue with the COD community. They are a representation of this generation's gamer," he argued.
"They cop A LOT of crap where it is not warranted, but like any community there is a small section which that will give everyone else a bad name.
"I think the COD community is unfairly portrayed by A LOT of Battlefield gamers."
He continued: "Here is the flip side. The COD hater who loves to get on their high horse when in reality COD gamers are just normal gamers. COD haters in my opinion are worse than COD players. Bring on MW3."
Amen, my fellow COD bruva!
Marge also had plenty to contribute on the topic, arguing that the typical Call of Duty gamer contributes to a confusion of gamer categorisation.
"I just dislike CoD 'cause it confuses the shit out of the definition of gaming or who is a gamer," Marge argued. "There are people who collectively put weeks into CoD, yet wouldn't know anything about the industry or anything outside of CoD. Are they a gamer?
"They have dedicated so much time to a game, yet we can't really call them a gamer. But putting weeks into a single game is hardly 'casual either'."
Marge continued: "Without Cod it's simple: a gamer is defined by their dedication to gaming... but then CoD gamers have to come in and fk up the whole system.
An interesting take. Why are Call of Duty gamers excluded from the definitions of "casual" or "hardcore"? Are they no different to a WoW gamer, or even a Battlefield gamer? Their commitment to a single experience equates to the commitment towards an entire community, which really only strengthens one side of the argument
MMGN forum stalwart LMA0 gave us a little history lesson as to his past with Call of Duty games.
"I used to be a CoD fanboy since 2003 but not anymore because multiplayer isn't that challenging anymore," he explained. "If they change the XP ranking system to make it more harder to get promoted and unlocking stuff, have better gun physics/stats and better and bigger maps then I could be a CoD fanboy again.
"I remember playing CoD 3 in LAN tournaments at my local internet cafe after school and winning a lot of prizes which was three hours free play and six hours free play for 1st place. Bad thing that place closed down and the owner declared bankruptcy."
Is this how some ex-Call of Duty gamers feel? Has the accessibility of the game hurt its potential to appeal to more seasoned gamers?
Call of Duty gamer THEBIGOX5 put forth his opinion, suggesting that people choose to criticise Call of Duty because of a lack of genuine competition in the genre.
"All I play is Call of Duty. Not because I am not open to other fps games, it's just none so far are as good as COD online. Not even close," pronounced THEBIXOX5.
"Fair enough there is a lot of whiny kids playing at the moment but it's called "mute", people. All you COD haters out there just look for any way to hang it on it.
If you don't like it it's simple: don't play it."
At the end of it all it will obviously depend on your needs and wants in a game. Games such as Battlefield and Call of Duty might have similar communities, but they are ultimately two completely different games.
Your ability to embrace and respect the community depends on your willingness to be part of it. Those that criticise the Call of Duty community are the exact type of gamer that those that embrace it don't want around.
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